Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Peter MacKay's word is as reliable as ever
Last night, on the CBC news satire program, "This Hour Has 22 Minutes," there was a funny little clip where the interview character played by Gavin Crawford talked to Conservative [sic] MP Peter MacKay about the ongoing Canadian federal election. MacKay remarked that this was the first time in history that a Canadian government had been judged and defeated on the basis of corruption.
Um, Peter? This shows that you are not, in fact, an inheritor of the Progressive Conservative tradition. It also shows that you need to learn some Canadian history!
Note this entry from Bartleby.com's Columbia Encyclopedia:
1873, a major event in Canadian political history. Charges were made in Parliament that the Conservative administration of Sir John A. Macdonald had accepted campaign funds from Sir Hugh Allan in return for a promise to award Allan's syndicate the contract to build the Canadian Pacific Railway. Macdonald's statement that the contract and the contributions were unconnected was received with skepticism. Donald A. Smith (later Lord Strathcona) broke with Macdonald over the crisis and through his publicly expressed lack of confidence in Macdonald was partly responsible for the Conservative administration’s downfall. The government was forced to resign because of the scandal, and the Conservative party was badly defeated in the ensuing elections.
That's a nice little summary. Already we can see parallels between the Conservatives' rewarding of Hugh Allan's company with a big contract in exchange for campaign funds, and the modern Liberals' awarding of contracts to publicity firms in exchange for kickbacks.
But look at the first paragraph from the Wikipedia entry on the same subject (emphasis mine):
The Pacific scandal involves the allegations of bribes being taken by Canada's Conservative government of Sir John A. Macdonald. As part of British Columbia's agreement to join the Confederation of Canada, the government had agreed to build the Canadian Pacific Railway, a transcontinental railway linking the Pacific province to the eastern provinces.
Hmmmm! Not merely awarding contracts in exchange for funding and kickbacks. But all for the purpose of keeping a specific big province appeased, indeed, keeping that province a part of Confederation!
Sound familiar, Peter??
The man, as always, has a very loose association with truth. Or else he has absolutely no knowledge of Canadian history, especially when he tries to make historical claims that prove what a bunch of nasties the Liberals are in contrast to his Conservatives [sic] who are (of course!) pure as the driven snow.
Not so, Peter! Federal governmental corruption rests, alas, on a long-standing tradition in Canada. And it started with Canada's very first federal government -- the CONSERVATIVES.
12/07/2005 10:15:00 AM [+]